Local briefs: April 24, 2010

RSVP Inc. seeks volunteers

Mesa County RSVP Inc. is seeking individuals ages 55 and older to volunteer in any of its more than 90 member agencies.

Opportunities include van driver for Child and Migrant Services, shelving and organizing volunteer at the Fruita Branch Mesa County Libraries, greeter at The Western Colorado Math and Science Center, a lunch and dining room assistants and greeter at Palisade Living Center and many more. Call 243-9839 or visit http://www.rsvpgrandjunction. org for more opportunities.

Pets ready for adoption

Ten area animal rescue organizations will offer a wide variety of homeless pets for adoption at the spring Western Slope Regional Adoption Fair April 30-May 2, at PetSmart, 2428 F Road.

Hours are 3 to 8 p.m. April 30, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1-2. Call 986-5819 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Free sales and use tax class

The Colorado Department of Revenue is offering a no-cost training class regarding state sales and use tax in Colorado from 1 to 3 p.m. May 4, at 222 S. Sixth St., Room 101.

Because of limited seating, pre-registration is required online at http://www.TaxSeminars.state.co.us.

FMHS grad returns to U.S.

Army Pfc. Ruppert Hamblin a 2005 graduate of Fruita Monument High School, has returned to Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year.

Hamblin is one of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Richardson. As an infantryman, he is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. He has more than two years of military service and attends the University of Colorado, Boulder.

East Portal Road is open

MONTROSE — The Bureau of Reclamation’s Curecanti Field Office has announced that the East Portal Road, east of Montrose, is open after being closed for the winter months.

The road, beginning at the junction with Colorado Highway 347, provides access to the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and Crystal Dam.

The road will remain open throughout the summer and fall until snow, ice or rock slides makes it unsafe for travel.

Call Ted Dunn at 249-7827 for information.

Flag retirement ceremony

Mesa County Girl Scouts will have its annual flag retirement ceremony at 10 a.m. May 15 and are accepting worn, ragged flags for honored retirement.

Residents can turn in flags at the Girl Scout Council Service Center, 580 24 1/2 Road, or in the flag collection box at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital. Fruita residents can drop flags off in the box at the Fruita Post Office or at the Fruita Times.

The deadline to drop off flags is May 13. The flag retirement ceremony will be at the Elam Construction gravel pit, east of the Business Incubator. For more information, call 242-4461.

Roice-Hurst receives $1,000

Roice-Hurst Humane Society finished as the 49th shelter overall in the online Shelter Challenge and will receive a $1,000 prize.

More than 5.2 million votes were cast during 13 weeks of daily online voting, for some 12,000 animal rescue groups.

Winners of the 85 prizes awarded in the international contest were posted at TheAnimalRescueSite.com, which sponsors the biannual contest, along with Petfinder.com.

The next contest begins May 17.

Electronic documents seminar

The Western Colorado Chapter of ARMA International (Association of Records Managers & Administrators) will host its spring seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7, at Western Colorado Community College.

Jesse Wilkins from Access Sciences Corporation and Patrick J. Cunningham from Motorola Asset Protection Services will provide education throughout the day on blogs, wikis, e-mail, electronic documents, technologies and best practices.

Registration is $45 for Western Colorado Chapter ARMA members and one guest or $60 for friends and future members. Lunch is included in the cost.

Register by April 30 by calling 244-3620, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or online at http://www.wcoarma.webs.com.

Bookmobile coming to library

A digital bookmobile will visit Central Library, Mesa County Libraries,  530 Grand Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30-May 1.

People of all ages are invited to experience interactive demonstrations of the library’s audiobook, eBook, music and video download service.

Call 243-4442 for information.


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